Alice Vander Vennen, born in 1957, in Canada, has worked as a professional artist since 1980. A child of immigrant parents who left war-torn Holland, Alice has used her art to capture stories of loss and hope; courage and strength. First trained as a sculptor at Calvin College, USA, with further training at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Alice now works in three-dimensional assemblage, participating in numerous exhibitions throughout North America. Her work is in public, private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

Artist’s Statement

“I work with multiple materials, such as fabrics, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards, creating an assemblage as part of a visual language suggesting a story. The narrative speaks of gathering the work of divergent cultures, histories and generations. Materials from around the world, created by many hands, are represented in a single multimedia assemblage. Fragile branches may be used as framing devices; tapering willow twigs and knotty grape vine tentacles are bent as if resisting the interstitial pull of perhaps a hundred different textiles, each attached with thread, strings, wire and weighted with smooth stones or other found objects. The assembled sculptural form may be reminiscent of a quilt, a canoe or a totem. I strive to have the materials form a new voice of a gathered people, a celebration of the human spirit in relation to its Creator, whether from secret spaces or the most flamboyant expressions.”


Artist Representation

OENO Gallery, Bloomfield, Ontario

Selected Exhibitions

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Solo Exhibitions

“Traversant”, Artist-in-Residence, LM Studio, Hyéres, France

“Matter and Matrix”, at Langdon Hall, Cambridge

“Passages”, Gallery at the J, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre , Toronto

“Transforming”, The Al Green Gallery, Toronto

“Stories Lost and Stories Found”, Crimson Feather Gallery, Alton

“C Formations”, Permanent Sculpture Installation and Commission, Town of Cobourg

Petroff Gallery South, Toronto

Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto

“Sticks, Stones and Colour Tones”, Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, Ontario


Group Exhibitions

“Colour Break”, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario

“Terrain”, Craft Ontario, Toronto

“Five Year Retrospective”, The Al Green Gallery, Toronto

“Verona Tessile”, Verona, Italy

“Rock, Paper, Scissors!”, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario

“From the Ground”, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario

“Free Motion”, Art Gallery of Northumberland (with Melanie Brown)

“Catch the Weave”, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

“Travel”, Pearson International Airport, Toronto

“Convergence”, Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

“Women’s Work – Celebration of Life”, Three Women show at Roy Bonisteel’s restored Johnston Gallery Church, Trenton Ontario


Juried Exhibitions

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show, Philadelphia

Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, Iowa

Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, Utah

Ann Arbor Street Fair, The Original, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wisconsin

Gracie Square Art Show, Manhattan, New York City

Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, Virginia

Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, New Mexico

Toronto Outdoor Show, Toronto. Participant since 2001.

Armonk Outdoor Show, Armonk, New York

Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, Colorado

One of a Kind Show, Chicago, Illinois

World of Threads, Oakville, Ontario

Las Cruces Art Festival, New Mexico

The Artist’s Project, Toronto

Toronto Art Expo, Toronto

Craft as Art Festival, Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, New York

Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois